Archive for the expat Tag

Kristin on Trailing


Kristin Louise Duncombe  is a psychotherapist who specializes in working with international and expatriate families in Paris and Lyon. She is the author of Trailing: A Memoir, which chronicles her experience as a “trailing spouse” who followed her Médecins Sans Frontières husband to the frontlines of disaster and disease in East Africa. Find below an interview where she discusses “trailing,” being a Third Culture Kid (Duncombe grew up travelling the […]

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An Expat Family in Lyon


Two rivers run through it: an expat family’s first year in Lyon When it was first proposed that I contribute a piece about visiting Lyon, France’s second city, my initial reaction was that I was hardly the right person to offer this insight. After all, there are many Lyon guidebooks that cover the Roman ruins, Fourvière, the museums, the verdant parc de la Tête d’Or and its zoo, the new ecological neighborhood […]

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Life in Annecy


Have you ever dreamt of moving to Annecy, one of France’s most beautiful cities known as the Venice of the Alps for its canals and waterways? If so, read our interview with local resident Brigitte, a French mother-of-three who’s also lived in England and the Philippines as an expat spouse. For those of you wishing to practice their language skills, we have left the original French text in, as well! GFD: […]

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Welcome to Geneva!


I cannot believe how fast time has flown by. In less than 8 weeks we will celebrate our fourth anniversary as expatriates in Geneva. It was August 2008 when we first arrived here, full of trepidation and badly packed boxes, and ready to settle ourselves and our two young boys into a new life. Now, four years and one more baby later, I still feel like the new expat on the block. […]

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Financial Tips for Expats Living in Switzerland

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Getting to grips with the Swiss tax system can be quite complicated, as it is administered independently at federal, cantonal and village level so you will pay different tax rates depending on where you live (click here for more info in English about tax rates in all Swiss municipalities). Here’s some basic financial tips, which we hope will be of help to expats moving to the area: 1. If you’re working […]

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Expat Dads Who Blog


Read our interview with Jerry Isturis, an expat dad and blogger who moved to Switzerland with his family a year ago. He tells us about his blog, his experience as a trailing spouse in Switzerland and shares his top tips to make the transition as smooth as possible!   My expat family and I We’re from the Philippines and we moved to Vevey in May 2011. My wife, the […]

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